Hi to everyone on here. So, I'm 41 years old and have always been fairly active and kept in decent shape. Unfortunately the last 12 years I have been slightly overweight... never obese, but overweight. I had reconstructive knee surgery about 12 years ago and that really helped my laziness take control over me. Before the surgery I was physically active. After the surgery I just lost all desire to stay fit. About two years ago I started running slowly and built myself up to running/walking 5K's. Unfortunately I had some life changes and I lost my way with my running. I'm just now getting back in to it and I am finding it much harder this time around to get it going. Maybe it's just in my head, but I feel like I'm struggling more this time around. My shins were cramping up and my right foot and toes were cramping up. I was told to have someone at Fleet Feet watch my gait both walking and running. I took that advice and visited my local Fleet Feet and was recommended to try Brooks Ghosts and I love them!!!! My shins no longer cramp up and my foot no longer cramps up. I can feel a difference when I run, but I'm still having some difficulty in other areas. I'm really looking forward to getting back to where I was two years ago and reading some of the stories on this site have me really motivated again! A few questions.... any recommendations for pre-run meals/snacks? Any recommendations for after-run meals/snacks? Also, what about clothing shorts/shirts/socks?
Well, yesterday I went on my first race. It didn´t go as I thought and I felt awful so I wanted to share it with you. I´m a newbie runner with 6 months so far hitting the road. After 6 months of training and having achieved running 10k (@ 6:17 comfortable pace) I decided to take the plunge and after my typical "why not?" attitude I signed up for a 8.5K, expecting to crush my PR and hit finish line in 45 min top! So I trained, I research a bit about warming up routines beforehand and a bit of nutrition tips... you may know how it goes. Also I talked to a couple of runner friends and they had different points of view about what to do, what to eat, etc. Finally, the day of the race arrived and I felt as many butterflies in my tummy as I felt the first time I kissed a girl. Let me tell you that we have a little 10 month brat and I ussually wake up during the night to help him to go back to sleep and the aftermath of this way of living is 3-5 hour sleep per night during the last 10 months for my wife and I. I really don´t know if this affects or not one´s performance on a race day (chances are, it does) but I have lived and survived all my running life with it, so I thought it was nothing to worry about. Well, going back to race day. I prepared my garment in advance and I had breakfast 2 hours before the race. My usual fuel is coffee and oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter but I made a change and added rainins instead of peanut butter. Also I drank 1/2 glass of Gatorade. I showed up 45 minutes before to warm up and stuff. One detail here is that I decided to try new gear and decided to use my new compression calf sleeves because I trained for a while with a similar product... oh boy, this did no good for my mind (I read so much about avoiding to try new things on race day and there I was, doing exactly the opposite). I jogged for 10 min, I made a 10 min dynamic stretching session and three rounds of running drills ending warmup with a couple of sprints. I was very anxious because I saw ao many fit individuals, many of them wearing their performance running clothing and laughing out... I also overheard a girl telling her friend she ran 20k as warm up! I was almost overwhelmed at this point, so I tell to myself: "focus on you, focus on your body and keep a steady pace so you don´t waste your energy" as a mantra but let me tell you, it didn´t work . 7 a.m. and the race start came along. I began strong and I decided to go on a 4:55 pace as a pack of people did. Poor decision I did, I felt I was dying in less than 1.5k... my legs felt heavier as pine logs, my mouth drier than Sahara desert. The weather was fine, just a bit warmer than I expected but I felt like I was running in the hot humid jungle. On kilometer 3, less than 2 miles of running, I walked for the first time. I felt like sh.. as people passed by. Went back to race and as I hit a point near starting line I heard people cheering us and it felt great and gave me a bit of energy to continue. On kilometer 5 I walked for the second time and I thought "well, this is it, I can´t keep the pace with this compression stupid things in my legs", but somehow I managed to get to the top of a little hill and kept going. One kilometer later I walked for the third time after a little climb and this time a encouraged me to keep going since the finish line was very close and he was right. The finish line is not an ilussion or a mythical beast, it´s there for us to take it if your body and mind are in sync... so I started to enjoy the race as I took a look at the blue sky and took a coordinate good breath for the first time in the race. I kept on going and finally I made it running and not walking, I didn´t quit, it felt wonderful. My race time, 0:51:38, I crushed my pace PR for 8-10k distance. The aftermath of the race experience was: never try new things on running day, keep focused and concentrate in your stuff disregarding if other people is faster or if they have a better technique or better shoes. Always be true to yourself and enjoy every minute. I will sign up for a 10k in November.
Does anyone have any tips for not taking a massive spill on he trails? I seem to have a fall on almost every challenging trail at least once unless I hyper focus on looking down for every step. When I talk to others who enjoy trail running they do not seem to have to focus like that to avoid falling. Is this maybe a sign I should stick to the roads ?
I've been working out to this playlist recently on Spotify, so I thought you might enjoy it too. It's a random grouping of songs that I'm enjoying right now, and they keep me upbeat. I'll warn you now that I have a totally eclectic mix of music style, genre, and decade, so there's a little bit in there for everyone. Where X Ambassadors meet Hall & Oats and high five Vampire Weekend. Enjoy the jams! https://open.spotify.com/user/1218265293/playlist/ 0t9K3mDQomAe3gj7jGJJJG @eathappyrunhealthy
Hi Guys, I am a heavy runner & I recently had my gait accessed by Brooks at a local race expo. They said when I run, my knees tend to point outwards?! In these 15 days of August, I have ran 50 miles (which according to many experienced runners might not be a lot) but I have started to get knee pain even when I walk. I rested it for 2 days & I wore the knee compression band all day long. Is this normal? How long should I rest it? Am I increasing my mileage too much? I have been putting 70-80 miles a month since February 2016. I am training for few more half marathons this year. Thank you in advance.
Hey! I love love my Brooks Pure Flows. I run 4-7 miles, and am working up to a half marathon. I've been wearing this shoe for several years (this style). However, I got the Pureflow 5, and I ran today, and got a blister! My heel was rubbing. Any tips for adjustments I should try? This is a half size up from my regular size because this new style fit so much more closely and I needed more room in the toe box. Options I'm thinking: kick my heel back and tie it in with the laces. Keep it looser (maybe I got over excited and tied it too tightly) Wear a bandaid from now on. Boo.